Shooting Tigers: The Photographer's Blog Number Five - Arkaprava Ghosh

Feb 3, 2017

Category:TigerTime General 

In 2015 I was the photographer for the TigerTime trip to Ranthambore with singer, Melanie Chisholm. From the moment we entered the park our tiger sightings were good and for three days we followed T-19 or Krishna and her sub-adult cubs. My passion is to try and make my photographs show an animal in its natural habitat and I wanted to take a shot that established where the tigers were and who T-19 really is.

All the tigers from Ranthambore have a story of their own and Krishna is no different. Born to the famous Machli, Krishna, is the shyest tigress of Ranthambore who rules most of the reserve including the most important region of the park; the Rajbagh lake. This lake is the most beautiful and picturesque of the three lakes of Ranthambore and supports a rich variety of wildlife. For me, this photo shows who Krishna is - The Lady of the Lake.

I took this image with a Nikon D700 body and AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR lens.

More about Arkaprava:

Photography became a passion and way of life for me since my college days back in Kolkata. After completing my studies, I joined the Times of India's response desk as a freelance photographer cum reporter and then joined Anandabazar Patrika (ABP), one of India's leading and oldest newspapers as a photographer. I moved to New Delhi in 2012 and joined the South Asian bureau of a British media agency - Barcroft Media recently leaving the job as their chief photographer, so that I can travel and spend more time working on my own projects, doing what I love most - photographing and documenting nature and wildlife.

Working as a press photographer, I had great opportunities to shoot different assignments and it was during my days in Barcroft Media that I was put in touch with The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation & TigerTime to cover Melanie Chisholm's visit in Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan for an awareness programme. The ever increasing curiosity to explore the wilderness and love for wild animals takes me across the different national parks, sanctuaries and some of the most unexplored destinations of India throughout the year.

My works have been published in different newspapers and magazines throughout the world like The Daily Mail, New York Post, The UK Telegraph, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Mirror, Anandabazar Patrika (ABP), The Sun, Saevus, Time Magazine, Hello, Geo (France edition) to name a few. Winning a special mention in the Conservation category of the highly prestigious Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 and a second place at Nikon's Into The Wild contest has been two of my special achievments.

You can contact Arkaprava at: arks1385@gmail.com

Arka at work by Rajesh Panwar

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